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Education Department

Why Education?

Educator Preparation at Westfield State University as been a vital and integral part of the University since its founding in 1839 by Horace Mann as the Westfield Normal School. We have a vibrant and engaged student body and faculty, who want you to have a top-notch and rewarding undergraduate experience in your quest to become a highly qualified teacher.

Why Westfield? Westfield State University is a leading institution in teacher education. The University education program is approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In addition all programs that have a national content-specific organization are also nationally recognized by these organizations. (See specific programs for additional information.)

The Education Department also serves community college students who wish to transfer into one of three majors offered by the Department: Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education. The University has several transfer agreements with area community colleges.

Learn more about:
Our Celebration of Teachers Annual Event
Our Professional Development School Network
Our Reach to Teach Program
Our Teacher-in-Residence Program
Our Five-Year Dual Licensure and M.Ed. Program
 

Department Spotlight

2016 Teacher Education Council survey results indicated that:

  • When surveyed during student teaching, 95% of student teachers indicated they met or exceeded all ten WSU core outcomes for initial teacher licensure preparation. Across the ten outcomes, the average response was 98%.
  • When surveyed, 90% of the supervising practitioners indicated that their student teachers demonstrated at or above proficiency in their classrooms on all ten WSU core outcomes for initial teacher licensure preparation. In addition, 91% of these teachers indicated that their student teachers could draw on family knowledge and resources and integrate them into their instructional practice. Also 94% of the supervising practitioners agreed or strongly agreed that our student teachers were able to use effective strategies and techniques for making subject-matter content accessible for students for whom English is a second language.

Average GPA for 2016-2017 program completers with initial licensure:

  • Baccalaureate  - 3.60
  • Post – Baccalaureate – 3.79
  • Masters – 3.83

We have national (NCATE) accreditation in the following licensure areas:

  • Elementary Education (1-6)  
  • Secondary Education (Math, Science, History, English)  
  • Special Education (Moderate Special Needs - PreK-8; 5-12)  
  • Early Childhood (Students with and without disabilities PreK-2)  
  • Physical Education (Movement Science Department)
  • Reading
  • School Guidance  

We have state approved programs in the following licensure areas:

  • Elementary Education (1-6)  
  • Secondary Education (Math, Science, History, English, Business)  
  • Special Education (Moderate Special Needs - PreK-8; 5-12)  
  • Early Childhood (Students with and without disabilities PreK-2)  
  • Physical Education (Movement Science Department)  
  • Reading
  • School Guidance
  • Art Education  
  • Music Education
  • Vocational Education

Careers

Our Education majors are employed statewide, regionally and nationally.

  • Teachers

Clubs & Organizations

  • Student Education Association of MA (SEAM)

    The primary purpose of Westfield State's SEAM is to promote interest in education to young adults.